Definition of “primarily” - English Dictionary

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“primarily” in British English

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uk /praɪˈmer.əl.i/ us /praɪˈmer.əl.i/

B2 mainly:

We're primarily concerned with keeping expenditure down.
Baseball is primarily a summer game.

More examples

  • The new scheme is aimed primarily at teenagers.
  • a course designed primarily for experts
  • We moved to Scotland primarily because we wanted to be nearer to my family.
  • This is a controversial procedure, primarily because of known side-effects.
  • We live in a society which views success primarily in terms of material possessions.

(Definition of “primarily” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“primarily” in American English

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primarilyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /prɑɪˈmeər·ə·li, prɑɪˈmer·ə·li/


The company’s failure was primarily due to weak sales.

(Definition of “primarily” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)